Vitamin B-3 Niacin, Niacinamide

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Vitamin B-3 (Niacin or Niacinamide)

Signs of Vitamin B-3 (Niacin or Niacinamide) Deficiency: 

  • Canker sores
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Dermatitis
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Halitosis
  • Headaches
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammation
  • Insomnia
  • Limb pains
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low blood sugar
  • Muscular weakness
  • Pellagra
  • Skin eruptions

Health Concerns – What Vitamin B-3 (Niacin/Niacinamide) is Used For: 

  • Arthritis
  • Intermittent claudication
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon
  • Used in recent-onset Type I diabetes mellitus

What Vitamin B-3 (Niacin/Niacinamide) Does:

  • Aids in cell respiration
  • Aids production of hydrochloric acid for digestion
  • Aids in the functioning of the nervous system
  • Believed to be an antioxidant
  • Improves circulation
  • Involved in the normal secretion of bile and stomach fluids
  • Lowers cholesterol (Note: Chitosan kicks some serious butt in this department and is much safer. Use it and increase your raw fruits/veggies at the same time.)
  • Maintains clear, healthy, skin, nerves, and tongue
  • May alleviate arthritis
  • May prevent migraine headaches
  • Memory-enhancer
  • Metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins
  • Needed for proper circulation
  • Prevents and treats schizophrenia and other mental illnesses
  • Produces energy from sugar, fat, and protein
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Regulation of blood sugar
  • Synthesis of sex hormones

FOOD SOURCES of Vitamin B-3 (Niacin/Niacinamide):

  • Avocado
  • Beef liver
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Broccoli
  • Brown rice
  • Carrots
  • Cheese
  • Chicken
  • Corn flour
  • Dairy products
  • Dandelion greens
  • Dates
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Legumes
  • Meat
  • Organ meats
  • Peanuts
  • Pine nuts
  • Pork
  • Potatoes
  • Rabbit
  • Rice bran & polishings
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Tomatoes
  • Tuna
  • Turkey
  • Wheat bran & germ
  • Whole grains (except corn)
  • Wild rice
  • Yeast, brewer’s & torula

Herb Sources of Vitamin B-3 (Niacin/Niacinamide):

  • Alfalfa
  • Burdock root
  • Catnip
  • Cayenne
  • Chamomile
  • Chickweed
  • Eyebright
  • Fennel seed
  • Hops
  • Licorice
  • Mullein
  • Nettle
  • Oat straw
  • Parsley
  • Peppermint
  • Raspberry leaf
  • Red clover
  • Rose hips
  • Slippery elm
  • Yellow dock

Other Sources of Vitamin B-3 (Niacin/Niacinamide) – Name Brands:

Standard Process brand B-6 Niacinamide and Niacinamide B-6. These are two different formulas and are used depending on what symptoms to treat. B-6 Niacinamide helps with circulation and Niacinamide B-6 helps more with brain stuff.

Cautions & Comments about Vitamin B-3 (Niacin/Niacinamide): 

  • A flush, usually harmless, may occur after the ingestion of niacin supplements; a red rash appears on the skin and a tingling sensation may be experienced
  • Avoid doses larger than 120 mg unless you are under the supervision of a registered practitioner
  • Low doses from 50 to 100 mg, may cause flushing, headache, and stomachache in some people
  • In high doses, niacin may cause depression, liver damage, damage to eyes, diabetes, gastritis, elevated blood levels of uric acid, flushing and headaches
  • People who are pregnant or who suffer from diabetes, glaucoma, gout, liver disease, or peptic ulcers should use niacin supplements with caution